Announcing the 2014 Jim Blount History Educator Award

blount-award-logoThe Michael J. Colligan History Project will conclude its spring events Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. by recognizing recipients of the 2014 Jim Blount History Educator Award in a public ceremony at the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. This year’s recipients are Lisa C. Eubanks, Ross High School and Kim T. Young, Fairfield High School. In addition, Richard O Jones, former staff writer and editor at the Hamilton Journal-News will receive an award in special recognition of his contributions to public history.

A link to Jones’s 23 articles detailing the Great Miami River Flood of 1913 and its recent centennial commemoration in Hamilton is below:

Richard O Jones articles

This award honors Hamilton native Jim Blount, whose career at the Cincinnati Enquirer and Hamilton Journal-News spanned a quarter century. A teacher and writer of history for sixty years, today he lectures widely and writes local history for the Lane Public Libraries. The Blount Award is given biennially to teachers whose inspired work stimulates historical inquiry and understanding, exemplifying the dedication to history education epitomized in Mr. Blount’s life and career. Mr. Blount will present this year’s awards.

Following the presentations, Johns Hopkins University Associate Professor of History François Furstenberg will give the Blount Award Lecture on “The War of 1812 and the Long Struggle for the West.” One of America’s most exciting young historians, Professor Furstenberg is the author of In the Name of the Father: Washington’s Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation (2006), and When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees who Shaped a Nation (2014).

Please see below for program of this event.


  • Free public event. Reception to follow.

1913 Flood: Centennial Sculpture Dedication

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To commemorate the recent anniversary of the 1913 Great Miami River Flood, the city of Hamilton, Ohio invites you to attend the unveiling of a centennial sculpture, marking the record flood levels of one hundred years ago. This free public event will be held Friday, April 25, 2014 at 2 pm next to Park Ave. Ramp Westbound at High St. Bridge. Parking is available at Northeast corner of North B St. and Park Ave.


American Dreamer: Robert McCloskey & the Art of the Picture Book

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Wednesday, April 16 @ 7.30pm

Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton

Robert McCloskey crafted iconic images of childhood, family and community life as he elevated the children’s book to an authentic art form. In this illustrated talk, the nation’s leading historian of children’s literature explores the career of an artist-storyteller born in Hamilton who won two Caldecott Medals. This event is co-sponsored by the Lane Libraries as part of the Robert McCloskey Centennial.

  • Free public event. Reception to follow.